DanceWorks Chicago

Headlining the New Dance Festival

FRI-SAT, SEP 6-7
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

DanceWorks Chicago

DanceWorks Chicago

Headlining the New Dance Festival

FRI-SAT, SEP 6-7
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


DanceWorks Chicago is a contemporary dance company who performs a diverse repertoire to audiences across the globe with integrity, passion and excellence. This year’s festival features new works by DanceWorks Chicago as well as JMU’s award-winning dance faculty members. JMU dance majors will also perform with DanceWorks Chicago. More


Everybody

By Brenden Jacobs-Jenkins

TUE-SAT, SEP 24-28
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Everybody

Everybody

By Brenden Jacobs-Jenkins

TUE-SAT, SEP 24-28
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


What happens when Death comes knocking? A 2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama, Everybody is a modern riff on the 15th-century play Everyman about Christian salvation and how to achieve it. Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow and “one of this country’s most original and illuminating writers.” (The New York Times) Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More


Ranky Tanky

SAT, SEP 28
CONCERT HALL

Ranky Tanky

Ranky Tanky

SAT, SEP 28
CONCERT HALL


The acclaimed quintet Ranky Tanky from South Carolina will bring to life the soulful songs of the Gullah culture—spirituals, dance music, and children’s rhymes—by mixing Lowcountry traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. Charlton Singleton (trumpet), Clay Ross (guitar), Kevin Hamilton (bass) and Quentin Baxter (drummer) join vocalist Quiana Parler of American Idol success to perform a memorable concert with music that is a testament to the human spirit! More


Seamus Egan Project

FRI, OCT 4
CONCERT HALL

Seamus Egan Project

Seamus Egan Project

FRI, OCT 4
CONCERT HALL


Legendary Irish musician, multi-instrumentalist and composer Seamus Egan, founder of the pre-eminent band Solas, will bring along multi-talented musical guests to perform an uplifting concert featuring powerful vocals, exquisite fingerpicking and rhythm guitars, hard-driving tenor banjo, lively tin whistle, and masterful playing of the Irish flute, mandolin, and more! Don’t miss this unique journey through Irish songs old and new! More


Twelfth Night

A musical adaptation of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah & Shaina Taub
Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub

WED-SUN, OCT 9-13
STUDIO THEATRE

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

A musical adaptation of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah & Shaina Taub
Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub

WED-SUN, OCT 9-13
STUDIO THEATRE


Named one of the best theatrical productions of 2018 by Time, The Hollywood Reporter and The Washington Post, Twelfth Night is a rousing contemporary musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy about mistaken identity and self-discovery. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music. More


Whose Live Anyway?

FRI, OCT 11
WILSON HALL

Whose Live Anyway?

Whose Live Anyway?

FRI, OCT 11
WILSON HALL


The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? are proud to present their new improv tour Whose Live Anyway? The show is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song, all based on audience suggestions, featuring Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray. More


Harlem 100

Featuring Mwenso & The Shakes
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance
With special guests Brianna Thomas, Vuyo Sotashe, and Michela Marino Lerman

FRI, OCT 18
CONCERT HALL

Harlem 100 Thumbnail

Harlem 100

Featuring Mwenso & The Shakes
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance
With special guests Brianna Thomas, Vuyo Sotashe, and Michela Marino Lerman

FRI, OCT 18
CONCERT HALL


Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and JMG Live, Harlem 100 is a multimedia extravaganza that captures the magical sights and sounds of the Harlem Renaissance. Jazz standout Michael Mwenso and his big band backup, The Shakes, will bring audiences a rousing show featuring Brianna Thomas, “the best young straight-ahead jazz singer of her generation,” (Wall Street Journal) South African jazz vocalist Vuyo Sotashe, and tap dancer extraordinaire Michela Marino Lerman. More


Vinegar Tom

By Caryl Churchill

TUE-SAT, OCT 29-NOV 2
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Vinegar Tom

Vinegar Tom

By Caryl Churchill

TUE-SAT, OCT 29-NOV 2
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Set in rural England during the 17th century, Vinegar Tom tells the story of four non-conforming women tried for witchcraft and a village of accusers desperately trying to keep them in their proper place. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More


Cory Band

FRI, NOV 1
CONCERT HALL

Cory Band

Cory Band

FRI, NOV 1
CONCERT HALL


Hailing from South Wales, the world’s top brass band ensemble will play an eclectic and engaging collection of repertoire bursting with energetic precision in a fun and rousing concert! More


Faust

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

Music by Charles Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on Goethe’s Faust, Part One

FRI-SUN, NOV 8-10
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Faust

Faust

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

Music by Charles Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on Goethe’s Faust, Part One

FRI-SUN, NOV 8-10
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


From Marguerite’s celebrated “Jewel Song” to the beloved “Soldiers’ Chorus,” Gounod’s searing and sumptuous score propels Goethe’s tale of redemption and damnation into a dizzying dance with the devil that is impossible to forget. More


Taj Express

The Bollywood Musical Revue

TUE-WED, NOV 12-13
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Taj Express

Taj Express

The Bollywood Musical Revue

TUE-WED, NOV 12-13
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


An electrifying fusion of film, dance and music, Taj Express is an international sensation that captures the expressive spirit of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people for generations. A feast for the eyes and ears, this pulsating production featuring nearly 30 performers donning over 2,000 costumes will have you dancing in the aisles! More


Aquila Theatre - 1984

By George Orwell
Adaptation by Michael Gene Sullivan

SUN, NOV 17
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Aquila Theatre's 1984

Aquila Theatre - 1984

By George Orwell
Adaptation by Michael Gene Sullivan

SUN, NOV 17
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


One of the great novels of the 20th century—George Orwell’s 1984—is brought to life in an evocative and timely production by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre. Written more than 70 years ago, 1984 envisions a future dystopia where people are under constant control and surveillance by the government. How does Orwell’s nightmare compare to today’s society? Aquila’s “classically trained modernly hip troupe” (The New York Times) explores this question and more in this page-to-stage cautionary classic. More


Dancescapes

THU-SUN, DEC 5-8
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Dancescapes

Dancescapes

THU-SUN, DEC 5-8
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


JMU’s premier dance ensemble will perform contemporary choreography by nationally- and internationally-recognized guest artists and award-winning dance faculty members. More


Holidayfest: The Gift

SAT-SUN, DEC 7-8
CONCERT HALL

Holidayfest

Holidayfest: The Gift

SAT-SUN, DEC 7-8
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Symphony Orchestra joins the combined Madison Singers and JMU Chorale for an inspired Christmas collage of holiday works for choirs and orchestra, featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols and the finale (Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres) from the Christmas cantata Hodie. More


Walls

Conceived by Paul Holland and developed by Ingrid De Sanctis

FRI-SUN, JAN 17-19
STUDIO THEATRE

Walls

Walls

Conceived by Paul Holland and developed by Ingrid De Sanctis

FRI-SUN, JAN 17-19
STUDIO THEATRE


When newly-engaged Abigail and Carver receive DNA tests as a wedding gift, they interrogate what it means to marry someone of a different race. As they grapple with their identities from midnight to dawn, family legends and stories interrupt their idealized future together. Can Abigail and Carver overcome the past and forge a new story together? This world premiere features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More


Yamato - The Drummers of Japan

Jhonetsu - Passion

FRI, JAN 17
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Yamato

Yamato - The Drummers of Japan

Jhonetsu - Passion

FRI, JAN 17
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Experience a thrilling interpretation of the ancient Japanese tradition of taiko drumming with Yamato, whose members use “every bit” of their bodies to create an intense and high-energy performance that sends audiences home with a new vitality and passion for life. Jhonetsu-Passion is an innovative program that highlights the group’s virtuosity, strength, spirit, and sheer endurance. More


Wilde Creatures

Based on fairy tales by Oscar Wilde
Produced by Tall Stories from London, England

TUE, JAN 21
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Wilde Creatures

Wilde Creatures

Based on fairy tales by Oscar Wilde
Produced by Tall Stories from London, England

TUE, JAN 21
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


A captivating crew of storytelling musicians bring Oscar Wilde’s classic fairy tales to life in Tall Stories’ new show, Wilde Creatures, a fantastical journey through palaces, forests and beyond direct from London’s West End. Founded in 1997, England’s Tall Stories is internationally recognized for its exciting blend of storytelling, original music, and laughs. More


American Spiritual Ensemble

FRI, JAN 31
CONCERT HALL

American Spiritual Ensemble

American Spiritual Ensemble

FRI, JAN 31
CONCERT HALL


Prepare to be uplifted and transformed by the critically-acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble featuring some of the finest singers in the classical music world. ASE aims to keep the American Negro Spiritual alive by performing renditions of classic spirituals, jazz and Broadway favorites that highlight the black experience. The Madison Singers will sing a few select numbers with ASE in this concert. More


The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra

Direct from Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Vladimir Lande, music director and chief conductor

SAT, FEB 8
CONCERT HALL

The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra

The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra

Direct from Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Vladimir Lande, music director and chief conductor

SAT, FEB 8
CONCERT HALL


Award-winning conductor Vladimir Lande will lead the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra, one of the best orchestras in Russia, and a world-class piano soloist in a dazzling concert of Russian favorites including Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30; Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64; and Shostakovich’s The Bolt, Suite from the Ballet, Op. 27a - Tango. More


Bel Canto Trio

Nicholas Brownlee, bass-baritone, Julie Adams, soprano, and Joshua Guerrero, tenor
Christopher Allen, music director

TUE, FEB 18
CONCERT HALL

Bel Canto Trio

Bel Canto Trio

Nicholas Brownlee, bass-baritone, Julie Adams, soprano, and Joshua Guerrero, tenor
Christopher Allen, music director

TUE, FEB 18
CONCERT HALL


Three of opera’s most critically-acclaimed rising stars perform the world’s greatest arias, duets, and trios from Rigoletto, Faust, I Lombardi, La traviata, Manon Lescaut, La bohème, and more! This concert commemorates the 70th anniversary of the original Bel Canto Trio, and features the program that toured the United States in the 1947-1948 season. More


Miloš Karadaglić

Voice of the Guitar

TUE, FEB 25
CONCERT HALL

Milos

Miloš Karadaglić

Voice of the Guitar

TUE, FEB 25
CONCERT HALL


“One of the most exciting classical guitarists today,” (The New York Times) Miloš Karadaglić is topping record charts and delighting audiences worldwide with playing that is “crisp, colorful and rhythmically alive.” (NPR) Voice of the Guitar features Miloš and a world-class musical quintet playing classical and pop favorites by musicians ranging from J.S. Bach and Enrique Granados to Astor Piazzolla and The Beatles. More


Side Show

Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell
Music by Henry Krieger

TUE-SUN, FEB 25-MAR 1
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Side Show

Side Show

Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell
Music by Henry Krieger

TUE-SUN, FEB 25-MAR 1
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Violet and Daisy Hilton shared a rare bond: they were literally attached at the hip. The conjoined twins are the real-life inspiration behind the 2014 Broadway musical revival Side Show, which follows the story of the English entertainers and their search for love and acceptance amidst exploitation and fame in the 1930s’ side show, vaudeville and Hollywood communities. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music. More


MUMMENSCHANZ

Direct from Switzerland

you & me

TUE, MAR 3
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

MUMMENSCHANZ

MUMMENSCHANZ

Direct from Switzerland

you & me

TUE, MAR 3
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Swiss-based theatre troupe MUMMENSCHANZ has been dazzling audiences worldwide for over four decades, pioneering a mesmerizing and joy-filled form of visual theatre. It latest program, you & me, is a visually-stunning spectacle featuring life-size puppets, masked characters and awe-inspiring optical illusions. More


Che Malambo

FRI, MAR 6
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Che Malambo

Che Malambo

FRI, MAR 6
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


The powerhouse all-male Argentinian dance company Che Malambo performs a percussive dance and music spectacle that celebrates the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho. Malambo is a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming, singing, and whirling of boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end). Don’t miss this exhilarating show that has captivated audiences across the globe! More


A cappella Live!

Conceived and arranged by Deke Sharon

Featuring Committed, The Filharmonic, Women of the World, and Blake Lewis

MON, MAR 16
CONCERT HALL

A cappella Live!

A cappella Live!

Conceived and arranged by Deke Sharon

Featuring Committed, The Filharmonic, Women of the World, and Blake Lewis

MON, MAR 16
CONCERT HALL


This vocal celebration brings together beatbox sensation Blake Lewis from American Idol fame and a cappella groups Committed, Grammy-nominated gospel/R&B legends and Season 2 champions of The Sing-Off; Filipino-American boyband The Filharmonic, whose unique hip-hop and 90s’ nostalgia sound was featured in Pitch Perfect 2; and the internationally inspired Women of the World, who perform folk music in 32 languages. Features select members of JMU’s nine a cappella groups. More


Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde

Featuring JMU's music faculty chamber ensemble

WED, MAR 18
CONCERT HALL

Mahler

Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde

Featuring JMU's music faculty chamber ensemble

WED, MAR 18
CONCERT HALL


Seventeen JMU School of Music faculty and alumna will perform an arrangement for chamber ensemble of Gustav Mahler’s stirring song-symphony Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), which consists of six songs based on a collection of Chinese poems about the joys and sorrows of life. Features the solo voices of tenor Jamison Walker and baritone Kevin McMillan under the direction of Foster Beyers. More


Amernet String Quartet

With special guests Heather Coltman, piano, and Sam Suggs, double bass

WED, MAR 25
CONCERT HALL

Amernet Thumbnail

Amernet String Quartet

With special guests Heather Coltman, piano, and Sam Suggs, double bass

WED, MAR 25
CONCERT HALL


The Amernet is one of today’s exceptional string quartets, praised by The New York Times for its “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing of new music and commissions as well as neglected works of the past. Currently the ensemble-in-residence at Florida International University in Miami, the Amernet will perform with special guests Heather Coltman, JMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and JMU faculty bassist Sam Suggs. More


Calefax Reed Quintet

SAT, MAR 28
CONCERT HALL

Calefax Reed Quintet

Calefax Reed Quintet

SAT, MAR 28
CONCERT HALL


Amsterdam-based Calefax Reed Quintet is acclaimed for its contemporary yet timeless interpretations of classical music. The Times of London has called the group, “five extremely gifted Dutch gents who almost made the reed quintet seem (like) the best musical format on the planet.” More


New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

THU-SUN, APR 2-5
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

New Voices in Dance

New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

THU-SUN, APR 2-5
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Prepare to be moved and inspired by the choreography and performances in this annual concert that features dances by selected JMU dance majors, faculty artists Rubén Graciani and Cynthia Thompson, and New York City-based dance professional Omar Román De Jesús, artistic director and choreographer of Boca Tuya and dancer with Yin Yue Dance Company. More


Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Dave Brubeck Centennial Celebration

FRI, APR 10
CONCERT HALL

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Dave Brubeck Centennial Celebration

FRI, APR 10
CONCERT HALL


This special show commemorating the centennial of the birth of jazz giant Dave Brubeck features stories by the Brubeck brothers, video interviews with Dave Brubeck and musicians he influenced, as well as music by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, “a wondrous combination of swing, melodic majesty, masterful arrangements and a truckload of truly inspirational solos.” (The Seattle Times) More


Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

THU-FRI, APR 16-17
CONCERT HALL

Iolanthe

Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

THU-FRI, APR 16-17
CONCERT HALL


Brimming with a lush score, compelling plot and brilliant wit, the hilarious and satirical operetta Iolanthe is a send up to Gilbert and Sullivan’s topsy-turvy world of misalliances, contradictions, and English political peculiarities. Passions are ignited, lovers are thwarted and then reunited, and in true G&S style, irreconcilable differences vanish with a pencil stroke and the wave of the Fairy Queen’s magic wand. More


JMU Symphony Honors Concert

Also featuring O'Regan's Triptych

SUN, APR 19
CONCERT HALL

JMU Symphony Honors Concert

JMU Symphony Honors Concert

Also featuring O'Regan's Triptych

SUN, APR 19
CONCERT HALL


Experience the JMU Symphony Orchestra as they accompany the winners of the prestigious School of Music Concerto Competition. The second half of the program will feature the strings of the JMU Symphony Orchestra along with The Madison Singers, JMU Chorale and JMU dance students in Triptych, a fast-moving, three-movement work by Grammy-nominated composer Tarik O’Regan. More


The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea

By Cherríe Moraga

TUE-SUN, APR 21-26
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

The Hungry Woman

The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea

By Cherríe Moraga

TUE-SUN, APR 21-26
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


In the apocalyptic play The Hungry Woman, feminist author and Chicano playwright Cherríe Moraga uses mythology and intimate realism to describe the embattled position of Chicanos and Chicanas, not only in the United States but in relation to one another. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More


Gina Chavez

SAT, APR 25
CONCERT HALL

Gina Chavez

Gina Chavez

SAT, APR 25
CONCERT HALL


A multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Gina Chavez is a 10-time Austin Music Award winner whose NPR Tiny Desk Concert has garnered over 800,000 views. Her latest all-English release Lightbeam, “steeped in slow-burn soul and up-tempo R&B,” (NPR) adds diversity to her passionate collection of bilingual songs that traverse cumbia, indie folk, blues, and Latin pop. Chavez “possesses the vocal abilities to dig deep into your soul with her melodies.” (Nanobot Rock Reviews) More


Llama Llama - Live!

Bay Area Children's Theatre

A new musical
From the beloved book series by Anna Dewdney & new Netflix series
Book, Music and Lyrics by Austin Zumbro

THU, APR 30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Llama Llama - Live!

Llama Llama - Live!

Bay Area Children's Theatre

A new musical
From the beloved book series by Anna Dewdney & new Netflix series
Book, Music and Lyrics by Austin Zumbro

THU, APR 30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


After a full day of fun adventures at school and the store, Baby Llama can’t wait to put on his red pajamas. But where’s Mama? This hilarious new musical will warm every Llama and Llama Mama’s heart, and is based on the popular children’s books by Anna Dewdney. Wear your pajamas and join us for a pre-show reception and crafts at 6 pm! Founded in 2004, Bay Area Children’s Theatre reaches 125,000 children and adults per year in the San Francisco Bay Area. More


Community Collage Concert

SUN, MAY 17
CONCERT HALL

Community Collage Concert

Community Collage Concert

SUN, MAY 17
CONCERT HALL


This concert benefitting Any Given Child Shenandoah Valley features the Valley Wind Ensemble, a group of more than 60 local area music educators and freelance musicians. An ensemble of students selected from Harrisonburg City Schools return to the lineup in an evening that combines performance, education and dialogue to engage audiences of all ages. Check back for program updates. More



HIGHLIGHTS

Call to Buy

Back to Top